Breaking News
Comments
MeasurementBlues
User Rank
Blogger
Modify or not?
MeasurementBlues   2/24/2014 4:35:56 PM
NO RATINGS
Have you ever modified test equipment? Under what conditions?

Susan Rambo
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Modify or not?
Susan Rambo   3/4/2014 8:13:15 PM
NO RATINGS
It sounds like no test engineer in his or her right mind would modify their own test equipment?

MeasurementBlues
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Modify or not?
MeasurementBlues   3/5/2014 11:44:37 AM
NO RATINGS
Well, there are risks and rewards. We'll talk more about them shortly.

timbo_test
User Rank
Rookie
Re: Modify or not?
timbo_test   3/5/2014 1:11:33 PM
NO RATINGS
In the good-old, bad-old days many instruments documented 'special functions' that would turn on or turn off 'hidden' or semi-hidden features.  Today some of these features have been abstracted to work automatically for particular measurements, and less useful features have been dropped.

 In a complex instrument, such as a VNA or a Radio Test set there may well still be hidden features available if only you knew the magic entry address to put into a (probably undocumented) SCPI command.  This is the SCPI equivalent of PEEK and POKE, but when was the last time you did this to your PC?

Modular instruments may bring hardware hack-ability back to the test bench. 

BR

 

Tim



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
Max Maxfield
Post a comment
Funnily enough, just a few days ago as I pen these words, I was chatting with my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) when she informed me that -- as a kid -- she had never played at making a ...

EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
15 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
46 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)